The updated Drone Rules, 2021, which is under public consultation, will replace the Unmanned Aircraft System Rules 2021, released on 12 March.
The Union civil aviation ministry has released the draft of the new national drone policy, which aims to ease the currents Drone norms in the country. Currently, there is a lot of confusion regarding the flying of drones and the demarcation of restricted areas. The updated Drone Rules, 2021,which is under public consultation, will replace the Unmanned Aircraft System Rules 2021, which was released on 12 March. The ministry has fixed 5 August as the last date for the receipt of public comments.
In the draft rules, the Central government will categorically update the airspace map of the entire country within 30 days of the date of notification of the new rules. Newly appointed Union aviation minister JyotiradityaScindia has said the draft drone rules 2021 will provide "a major fillip to the drone industry and mark a stark shift from the earlier UAS Rules."
Under the proposed rules, an interactive airspace map will be divided into green, yellow, and red zones and will be also be displayed on the digital sky platform. The yellow zone is proposed to be reduced from 45 km to 12km from the airport perimeter. No flight permission will be required up to 400 feet in green zones and up to 200 feet in the area between 8km and 12km from the airport perimeter.
There will be a requirement of prior permission to operate a drone in a red or yellow zone, and no person will be allowed to fly a drone without prior permission. Further, before commencing a drone operation, a drone pilot will have to mandatorily verify the digital sky platform for any notification or restriction applicable to drone operations in the intended area of operation.
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